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4 tips to keep your kids safe in the pool this summer

Summer is here! Kids of all ages will want to make the most of the fun months, and you can bet they'll want a trip or two to the pool. You want everyone to have a good time, but part of being a parent is always worrying about what might go wrong and how to keep your kids from harm. Pool safety is important and whether you're planning a first swim or you're a seasoned veteran, there are a few basic tips you should always keep in mind. These are the key tips that can help you avoid a tragedy and keep your kids protected while they make the most of their summer.

Put the phone away

It's perfectly fine to have your phone on hand, and it can be a vital resource in an emergency, but you know that it's a serious distraction. There are many activities that you can supervise your kids doing without needing a direct line of sight at all times, but swimming is not one of them. Drowning is often a silent process, and can happen in mere minutes, so make sure you can keep your eyes on the kids throughout the swimming session.

No solo swimming

Accidents happen, and the consequences are terrifying. No matter the age of your child, no one should swim alone. As long as the buddy system is in place, everyone has a chance to get help if something goes awry.

Consider swimming classes

They say the best defense is a good offense. When it comes to swimming, knowing reliable swimming methods is the best way to avoid dangerous incidents in the pool. Proper lessons can help your kids find ways to swim that won't fatigue them as quickly, and they'll gain confidence around the water. Most of all, they will gain a familiarity with being in the pool that can prevent them from panicking, which makes the whole process that much safer.

Use sunscreen

Sunscreen is a necessity. Research suggests that every sunburn you experience in your life greatly increases the chances of skin cancer over your lifetime. Protect your kids from the rays, and don't forget to reapply if you're spending a full day in the sun.

These general tips can help you keep everyone safe throughout the summer. Keep in mind the things that are likely to distract you or cause someone to swim unsupervised, and you are well on your way to a fun, healthy swim season. If you make good habits here, you can apply them to any activity, and your kids will be that much safer throughout the year.

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